The Blue Springs South Branch will temporarily close, from June 11 into late in the fall, as part of the Mid-Continent Public Library system's $113.2 capital plan that includes eventual upgrades to all 31 branches and two new libraries by the end of 2022.
Work will also begin June 11 on an expansion at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, but the building will remain open during the project. The Oak Grove branch will close July 2 until the fall, and four other MCPL branches will close at different points over the summer until the fall.
The plan was adopted by the MCPL board in 2014, and two years later voters in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties approved a 30-year levy – the library’s first levy increase in more than 30 years – for funds.
The Blue Springs South Branch, 2220 S. Missouri 7, is due to receive a new entrance, community and collaboration rooms, teen and children areas and upgraded technology.
The branch will be closed for this year’s summer reading program, but Branch Manager Jacqueline Reed said it’s estimated that about half of those patrons will use the Blue Springs North branch (near James Lewis Elementary off Missouri 7) and half will use Grain Valley.
“I think it helps that we have 30 branches,” she said.
She said the biggest complaint patrons at her branch raise is noise and that many of the planned improvements, including new community space, will help address that.
The Midwest Genealogy Center will get a new adjacent community hall, with a catering kitchen, stage and seating for about 400 people for presentations and 264 for banquets. That project is due for completion next spring.
The Oak Grove Branch will get an updated community community room and new children’s area along with upgraded technology.
Late in Phase I of the capital plan, MCPL will add a new branch on the east side of Lee’s Summit.